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Jeremy Brown, the head football coach at A. Crawford Mosely High School in Lynn Haven, Florida, recently said that he tries to convert his student players to Christianity.
“I tell God that you know, win or lose, I’m still going to praise Him after the game and even before,” Mosley student athlete Trenton Gibbons said.
For many young athletes of faith, religion is a part of who they are on and off the field. But for one coach, teaching the game of football isn’t the most important thing.
“It’s got to be sharing Christ with kids,” Mosley head football coach Jeremy Brown said. “It’s got to be creating an environment where they can be successful. I’m in the business of earning crowns and not rings. If every kid on our football team is saved then I’ve been successful as a coach.”
“Well, I never really had a coach tell me about Christ or anything like that,” Mosley student athlete Ben Raybon said. “We pray every day before and after practice so he helped me kind of get closer to Christ and give the glory to Him.”
“Well, he taught us that football’s going to end and one day you won’t play the game,” Mosley student athlete, Tommy Garred said. “If you have God then everything will be alright in life.”
For these students, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a way to unite their two passions; faith and athletics.
“With FCA, we have it every Friday morning and really we just go in there and we just talked with students,” Mosley student athlete Trent Crum said.
“It helps us become leaders, and it’s going to help us become better men and better husbands one day,” Gibbons said.
For those who question whether coaches have the right to talk religion to their players…”I don’t agree with it,” Mosley student athlete Brandon Parish said. “I see where they’re coming from with it because not everybody has the same views, but a lot of Christians respect the views that people have about not wanting that, so I think they should just respect the views that Christians have about doing that.”
“You know, it could be a controversy, but it helps me out and it helps the whole team out,” Raybon said. “So, it’s good that we have it out there.”
“I know that it’s probably not, maybe not politically correct, but at the end of the day that’s my heart and that’s where I’m at,” Brown said. “We just want the kids to know we love them and that we’re there for them, and that it is bigger than football.”
You can learn more about the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes here.
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.